A fisherman in the Philippines made the catch of a lifetime when he found the world’s largest pearl 10 years ago, now valued at $100 million. Sure beats catching $12 million worth of cocaine while fishing or a "wicked sea monstah."
The pearl weighs in at almost 75 pounds and measures 1 foot wide by 2.2 feet long, the Daily Mail reported. It was found 10 years ago off the coast of the Philippines' Palawan Island in Puerto Princesca, according to tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao. Amurao was given the pearl by the unidentified fisherman who told her how he came across the precious gem.
"The fisherman threw the anchor down, and it got stuck on a rock during a storm," said Amurao. "He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago, and he kept it at home." Amurao said the fisherman didn't know the pearl's worth, only keeping it as a "good luck charm."
A fire at the fisherman’s home forced him and the pearl out—that's when he gave the pearl to Amurao, who was "amazed" by it. Amurao said the Gemologist Institute now needs to authenticate the giant pearl. If recognized, the pearl will beat current record holder for world's largest pearl: the Pearl of Allah. Also discovered in the Philippines, but way back in 1934, the pearl weighs 14 pounds and is worth $35 million.
"We will keep this here in the Philippines and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city," said Amurao.